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Old 08-27-2016, 03:38 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

So I am a newbie to Linux, tried all the popular distros and currently loving Peppermint OS. I am having so much fun with Linux that I am trying to create my own distro. I looked into SUSE studio but I can't fully customize that. Looked into Linux From Scratch, but that seems way too complex for a Linux noobie. Looked into a few other options, and all the ones I saw seem to assume you already know things about the Linux Kernel and command line. Now I do know programming, and I'm sure that may help, but can anyone steer me into a good way to create a distro, that can fully customize, and I don't need to be a kernal expert?

Thanks so much guys !
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Maybe this is good for a start?
Old 08-28-2016, 02:54 AM   #3
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Hi! My NON/anti-GUI learning, from boot to init (only)

Hi! *WELCOME*! I 'empathize' with your goal/interests. (I'm a semi-Newbie & Unix OldTimer)
I had some great success with NuTyX (in VirtualBox [on my poor ol' XP netbook & slow inet])
I stripped /boot way down to just a few files so that I fully understood...
And then put /boot on a separate drive [.vdi] that isn't even mounted, lol.
(my grub.cfg is just a few simple/trivial lines & i386pc has only a dozen files!)
All this helped a lot in learning the depths of grub. I have only about 70 'pkgs', so I can keep re-installing [experimenting] ultra fast, esp. cuz it doesn't rebuild initrd. (&no GUI)
initrd is the next thing I might study/play-with in-depth. Then maybe build a custom kernel. has a recent 4.4 kernel (/proc/config.gz has the kernel options)

I'd suggest a bit of skim-reading LFS, and lots&LOTS of crafty web searches ;-)

Best wishes! Enjoy! (p.s. notice "Similar Threads" at bottom of this page! Cool LQ feature!)

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Old 08-28-2016, 07:45 AM   #4
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I'm not sure you can "fully" customize without modifying the kernel but you should probably give more details on what exactly you want to customize. It might be that you simply want to remaster an installed system that has specific software you want. There was remastersys for Ubuntu or Debian which would do that. It has since been dis-continued but Systemback does pretty much the same thing and should be in the repositories for the various Ubuntu derivatives.


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